Columbia native Claire Rapp grew up studying dance at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance under the instructionof William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda. She was a member of Columbia City Ballet II for several years before joining Columbia City Ballet in 2011.
During her training, Claire competed in numerous competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix and attended prestigious summer programs with Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet West. She has also performed with Moving Body Dance Company, Concept Zero, Ballet Spartanburg, Trustus Theatre and Columbia Summer Repertory Company. During Claire’s time with Columbia City Ballet, she has performed numerous soloist and principal roles, including Cinderella (Cinderella), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Lucy and The Red Maiden (Dracula), Myrtha (Giselle), Snow Queen, Arabian Princess, Dew Drop Fairy and Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Beauty (Beauty and the Beast), and many more.
The role of “Daisy” was created on Claire in Starrett’s world premiere of The Great Gatsby in 2020. Claire was promoted to soloist in 2014 and to principal dancer in 2017. When not dancing, Claire enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance and spending time with her husband and daughter.